Open House | Magical Strategies for Everyday Problems, with Suzanne Lye

We were pleased to welcome Suzanne Lye, Assistant Professor of Classics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for a discussion on “Magical Strategies for Everyday Problems”.

There is a PDF handout, which you might like to read in preparation for this event:
Case Studies Handout

Reference will be made to the following texts:

  • The cases in this handout
  • Homeric Odyssey 11: Nekuia
  • Homeric Iliad 23: Encounter with Patroklos’ Ghost (23.58–110)
  • Heliodorus’ Aithiopika: The Witch of Bessa scene
  • Hesiodic Theogony: Descriptions of Hades (Tartaragraphy)
  • Pliny the Younger’s Ghost Story, available here:
  • The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, ed. Hans Dieter Betz:
    • p. 18: illustration and context at top of page
    • p. 9: PGM I.222–31 and PGM I.232–47
    • p. 44: PGM IV.296ff.
    • p. 81: PGM IV.2359–72 and PGM IV.2373ff.
    • p. 144: PGM VII.969–72 and PGM VII.981–93
    • p. 106: PGM V.304–69
    • p. 134: PGM VII.579–90
    • p. 266: PGM XXXII.1–19
    • p. 272: illustration and context at top of page
    • p. 273: PGM XXXVI.161–77 and PGM XXXVI.178–87
    • p. 136: PGM VII.628–42 and PGM VII.652–60
    • p. 137: PGM VII.664–85
    • p. 294: PGM LXII.76–106
    • p. 295: PGM LXIII.24–25
    • Click here for a PDF containing only the relevant pages.

The event was streamed live on Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m. EDT, and was recorded.

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Suzanne Lye

Suzanne LyeSuzanne Lye received her A.B. from Harvard University, where she studied organic chemistry and the history of antibiotics. After receiving her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California, Los Angeles, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dartmouth College.

At present, she is working on a book-length project about conceptions of the afterlife in ancient Greek Underworld narratives from Homer to Lucian. She has also participated in several digital humanities initiatives through Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, including the Homer Multitext Project. She has published on ancient epic, ancient religion and magic, ancient representations of gender and ethnicity, modern pedagogy, and Classical reception.

Her interests include Homer and Homeric Reception, Greek literature and culture, mythology, ancient religion and magic, ancient representations of gender and ethnicity, rhetoric, pedagogy, and classical reception in film.